Nicole GravellPellerino

Rookie - 82 Points (04/09/1986 / Buffalo, Ny)

The Elderly


Their once thick brunette locks
are now thin layer of hair
covered in grey and white
wisdom highlights

Their once smooth youthful skin
is now coverewd in thick
memory filled wrinkles
and each line tells a story of their past

Their once fashonable clothes
maybe long out of style
but they are always dressed in their best
with their hair done in tight cirls

Their memory is failing its not as good as it once was
they will forget what they did yesyerday
but ask about their past, children or their marraige
and they will regale you with detailed stories for hours

their bones may be brittle and their bodies fraile
but they have a heart of gold
so be kind and cherish their tender souls
for most you are all they have left in this world

most have out lived their children
some have no family at all
they depend on you to help throught each
with a gentle andcaring heart and hand

they may edlerly and they maybe frail
they have seen more in their life time then you and i may ever know
they are just like you and I they are human as well
they deserve respect love and dignity

Submitted: Friday, March 21, 2014
Edited: Friday, March 21, 2014

Topic of this poem: work


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Poet's Notes about The Poem

To ALL my residents at Hultquist place (An Assisted Living facility)

Comments about this poem (The Elderly by Nicole GravellPellerino )

  • Rookie - 37 Points Colleen Courtney (3/21/2014 2:14:00 AM)

    This is sooo heartfelt Nicole. So much feeling in this piece. I've been a caretaker for a few elderly people who have since passed on and you have penned this perfectly. Especially the first three stanzas. Absolutely beautiful and so very true! You did a great job with this one! : -) (Report) Reply

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